What we're about
Chronic Pain Anonymous (CPA) is a support group for people with chronic pain and/or illness.
This chapter of CPA was started about 4 years ago. We've been meeting every Saturday at 3:30 at the Six Step House in Encinitas. Although we now have a second meeting every Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Diego Palms Recover Center, also in Encinitas. Each location has lots of parking and very comfortable seating :-)
Each meeting is 1 hour long. For the most part we just read CPA literature together and then discuss it. Before and after the meeting we have "fellowship" which is where we just hang out for some casual conversation (and free coffee!)
For newcomers, you are more than welcome to come and just listen. You don't need to own any of our literature, and there's no requirement to talk.
One thing we do ask however is that you do not wear any kind of fragrances to the meetings as there are members who are sensitive to chemical aromas.
Also, this is a non-profit support group, and while it is an "open meeting", meaning people without pain or illness may attend, we ask that people ***do not attend for the sake of marketing products or services.***
For more information about the fellowship, phone and internet meetings, and literature, visit http://www.chronicpainanonymous.org
Here is our official description of CPA:
CPA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from the disabling effects of chronic pain and chronic illness. We believe that changing attitudes can aid recovery. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from the emotional and spiritual debilitation of chronic pain or chronic illness. There are no dues or fees for CPA membership. We are self-supporting through our own contributions. CPA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.
Our primary purpose is to live our lives to the fullest by minimizing the effects of chronic pain and chronic illness in our lives and helping others to do the same. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, and welcoming and giving comfort and understanding to each other. In CPA we learn to live in the solution and not in the problem. Over time we will see how these changed attitudes and actions can open the door to newfound happiness and a celebration of life.